Channels TV Terminates Pastor Bakare’s Broadcast Over ‘Critical Comment’ On Nigerian Government
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Sunday suddenly terminated a broadcast by fiery Pastor, Tunde Bakare, over claims the tone of the message was critical of the Nigerian government, Premium Times reports.
A one-hour recorded paid programme, “moment of truth” through which Pastor Bakare broadcasts messages he preaches in his church, The Latter Rain Assembly, runs every Sunday on the Lagos channel of the station, between 5p.m. and 6p.m. Channels terminated the church programme about 45 minutes into the the commencement of the programme on sunday, The programme was being terminated the just as Pastor Bakare was making comments considered critical of the Nigerian government.
“We had to hurriedly take the programme off air after he (Pastor Bakare) began spitting venom against the government and saying things we cannot defend,” an official
of the station (Channels), who asked not to be named because he doesn’t have permission to speak on the matter, told the newspaper.
The official did not disclosed what those
comments were, but he insisted they were serious enough that Channels could not afford to allow anyone to spread them through its station.
When Mr. Kayode Akintemi, who is the general manger of the station was being contacted, he confirmed that he received complaints over the pulling of
Pastor Bakare’s broadcast.
He however said the matter is now being looked into by the station. Pastor Bakare told Premium Times he and his church had not been given any explanation for terminating the programme.
“The broadcast is not free,” Mr. Bakare said.
“ It is paid for and those in charge will write them tomorrow to demand explanations.”
The pastor insisted Channels had no
justification for pulling his broadcast.
“There was nothing I said in that broadcast that is subversive other than warning the nation that the forthcoming election is laced with disaster and that if we must plunge into it, we should be ready for the consequences,” Mr. Bakare said. In the broadcast entitled, “The Gathering Storm And Avoidable Shipwreck – How to Avoid Catastrophic Euroclydon”, Pastor Bakare accused the government of plunging the country into political and economic disaster and warned of an impending storm.
He spoke of the “fundamental flaw in the
polity” and the gathering of the cloud ahead of a major storm. Accusing the government of ignoring
warning signs and allowing criminality to
thrive, Mr. Bakare disputed the fact, saying that the Nigerian economy had now crashed because it could no longer sustain the massive corruption in
the subsidy fraud. The pastor, who declared his loyalty for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, later identified the danger signs facing the country and the steps he said are necessary to avert crisis before, during and after the forthcoming elections.
According to him, the signs include:
Poor level of election preparedness
Acts of lawlessness and partisanship of
security agencies Security risks across the country Likely minority king-making Looming constitutional and legal crisis
Impending post-election tension Looming economic collapse Potential religious confusion, betrayals and persecution.